6 Powerful Military Books That Will Change the Way You Work and Live

6 Powerful Military Books That Will Change the Way You Work and Live

By Elizabeth Lee , Oct 15th 2015

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These military books go beyond the battlefield.

Military books aren't just about perpetuating military history or recounting incredible stories from combat. From business to historical fiction, military books provide insight into how we can become better leaders, work more productively, empathize with others, and strive for greatness in work and in life. Get inspired by these powerful reads inspired by the military experience:

1. Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership

Recounting firsthand accounts of heroism, loss, and hard-earned victories in SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share how they learned that leadership — at every level — is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. This book is one of the best military mindset books teaching leadership principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, and how you can apply them to any team or organization.

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2. Turn the Ship Around!

Turn the Ship Around!

This book is the true story of how the Santa Fe transformed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy's traditional model of management. L. David Marquet explains the radical guidelines the ship followed to achieve this and they can be applied in the workplace no matter your position or field of work.

3. Performing Under Pressure

Performing Under Pressure

Nobody performs better under pressure. Drawing on research from over 12,000 stories from Olympic athletes, Fortune 500 businesses, Navy SEALs , and others, this book offers 22 specific strategies that everyone can use to reduce pressure in business and in life.

4. Redeployment


Phil Klay takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with hauntingly powerful stories of Americans fighting in the war and dealing with the strangeness of returning back home. Poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing, Redeployment expertly interweaves the themes of guilt and fear, brutality and faith, and helplessness and survival with stories that recount the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.

5. Unbreakable

Unbreakable A Navy SEAL's Way of Life

Navy SEAL Thom Shea made a promise to his wife before leaving for combat in Afghanistan that he would write to his children in case he didn't make it back. His letters, initially intended to be a private memoir for his family, transformed into a powerful series of lessons for anyone striving to perform beyond what they thought was possible. Unbreakable is an action-packed story filled with insights on family, leadership, and pursuing excellent.

6. American Sniper

American Sniper

An extraordinary and masterful account of battlefield experiences, the book is the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in American military history: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. In the book, Kyle gives honest accounts about the pain of war. Interspersed with his writing are first-person passages by his wife, Taya, who speaks about the strains war placed on their family and on her husband. This unforgettable war memoir will challenge you to think differently about military conflict and its effects on the battlefield and in the home.

Stories about the military, whether nonfiction or fiction, teach us valuable lessons that can be applied beyond the battlefront in the fields of business, wellness, relationships, and more. For more military books in bulk, visit BookPal's hand-picked selection here. BookPal also sells a variety of other books wholesale, including business books, children's books, and training manuals. You can browse our online catalog here.

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